Good Evening Church Family,
I wanted to take a few moments to share with you some new information in regards to our church reopening. As you were aware, our original plan was to reopen on July 4th. However, as a leadership team me met and spoke of the situation here in Jacksonville and at that time we did not feel it to be in the best interest of our members and our community to open church face to face. Please know that the safety and health of our members is the number one concern as we continue to make decisions as a team.
As we were watching the data, we saw a very steep spike in cases. Over the past weeks we have kept a close eye on those trends and we are happy to announce that we seem to be on a downward trend, as is the rest of Florida. Our hope is that this trend will continue which will allow us to reopen the first sabbath in September under our original two service plan with reservations and limited numbers in each service. More information as to how and when to register will be forth coming in the upcoming weeks. It is our intention to keep close watch on what is happening in our community and to follow the guidelines of our local, state and federal agencies. In the meantime, during the month of August, our plan is to include two drive in style church services to help bridge the gap until we are able to meet in person.
Please understand that the decision on when to return to church is a very personal one. We as a leadership team understand that every individual is unique and that for some this may not be the best time to return. We will be continuing a hybrid model between online and in person even when we return face to face and it is our desire to remain connected with all of our family during this pandemic. We know as a whole, people are struggling with all that is going on in this world. This week as I was reading in scripture, the Holy Spirit directed me to Revelation and what the day will be like when we finally see the Promised Land that God has prepared for us. Revelation 21:4 puts it this way -
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever."
I pray for that day, when we will spend eternity with our Heavenly Father. That God Himself will wipe away every tear from our eyes. Know that we are praying for each of you and your families. You are loved and missed.
Pastor Amos and the Southpoint SDA Leadership Team
Dear Church Family,
I'd like to take a moment to update you on our church reopening. As you might be aware we were supposed to reopen July 4, 2020. However, with the recent spike in Covid-19 cases and out of abundance of caution we have chosen to postpone that reopening. Our church board will be meeting Tuesday July 14th to discuss our future plans for reopening. Please keep a lookout for an updated plan.
Good Afternoon Church Family,
I am writing on behalf of the leadership of the Southpoint Church to give you an update on our current situation. I hope this letter finds you and your family well. I would like to let you know that each of you have been in our thoughts and prayers. We know many have lost loved ones due to Covid-19 and our hearts break for those who are mourning at this time.
As a church board, we've met and prayed together to ask God's guidance upon our church and the process of reopening. With this being said, we understand that there are a variety of different opinions on this particular issue but in accordance with all the information provided to us by our governing body and all local, state and federal government, we have made the decision to begin a phased reopening of our local church on July 4, 2020. With that decision being made, we would like to share the details of that phased opening.
Please understand that this is an ever changing situation. We as a board are prayerfully considering each decision as it directly effects our membership. We understand that there will be some who are not ready to make the step back to church at this time due to an underlying illness or simply because they do not feel comfortable. Please know that you are still a beloved part of our family and we respect your decision. If you are currently serving in a role and do not feel comfortable returning please let us know so that we might begin to fill the need as it arrives. We want everyone to feel comfortable and safe returning to church. We do not want anyone to feel pressured to do so but to feel able to return as soon as they are ready. We as a church are keeping close watch on the current situation and will continue to make decisions as the situation develops. I would like to leave you with this passage of scripture:
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7